Saturday, September 17

And Here We Go Again....

It just doesn't seem to end!  Every time  there's another event, I think to myself  "enough is enough, it's got to end now";  but it doesn't end. Not only does another one happen, it's usually one that makes me open my mouth in incredulity at the brutality of it, as well as the stupidity. Sometimes I wonder just what kind of excuse they're going to come up with to try to rationalize their actions , or if they're even going to bother with one at all.  After all, how do you rationalize two officers suddenly just starting to shoot at a man who is sitting at a table eating fried chicken and fries? Even with the "rusty pocket knife" allegedly in his hand, he was sitting,  eating a plate of food! They couldn't have tased him or something? Where was the danger, the threat to their lives?

#DeEscalateDontKill: Black Man Fatally Shot by Florida Cops in His Own Backyard

In the last year, there has been a hashtag directed towards law enforcement all over the nation: #DeEscalateDontKill.
But the police in Broward County, Fla., must have missed the memo.
The Broward Palm Beach New Times reports that police responded to a domestic disturbance call on Friday night and shot and killed a man who was holding a pocket knife—a “rusty pocket knife”—in his own backyard.

The tragedy was set in motion at about 10 p.m. after Gregory Frazier’s sister called 911 because he was arguing with his niece.
By the time police arrived, Frazier, 56, was planted in the backyard of his Pompano Beach home eating chicken wings and fries with a small Swiss Army-style pocket knife in his hand.
The outlet reports that Frazier’s nephew, Quartaze Woodard, says three deputies showed up and told Frazier to get down on the ground. Frazier responded, “Leave me alone.” The deputies repeated the order. Again, Frazier asked them to leave him alone.
Moments later—not one, but two—deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office opened fire. The New Times reports that neighbors say Frazier was hit between five and six times in the back.
Then, after handcuffing him, and removing the handcuffs once they realized he was non-responsive, police attempted to perform CPR. But it was too late.
As per departmental policy, the deputies were placed on paid administrative leave.
“Yes, he had a pocket knife. A rusty pocket knife,” said sister Deborah Frazier to the Miami Herald. “I believe those three cops could have sat down, talked to him, used Tasers, anything, to constrain him.”
She added to the New Times, “I never would have called the cops if I’d known this was going to happen. They just came in and started shooting right away.”
Read more at the Broward Palm Beach New Times and the Miami Herald.

Saturday, September 3

Is There Anyone Who Can Honestly Say They Are Surprised?

I would like to hear from one person who can say honestly that they are surprised by this, who did not already know that if we heard anything at all about this case after the initial flurry of headlines, it would not be what we wanted to hear.

Personally, I am sick to my stomach; I want to cry, I want to rant, I want to blindly run outside and scream at the top of my lungs at how damn unfair it all is. I'm just so tired of this! They beat us up, they kill us, they run roughshod over our rights, our families, even our children, and nothing happens.

 You know the saying that everything goes full circle?(i.e. clothing fashions like bell-bottom pants came back in style, haircuts that were once laughable are now worn proudly) Well, think about it, a few hundred years ago black people were treated like something white people scraped off their shoes after walking through the garden;  how are they treating  black people now? After all the advances this country has made (or we thought had been made) we now find out that we're not really welcome at the table after all.  They're still trying to act like we  don't exist, like we are not people, like black lives don't matter, and if they are confronted with a situation where they have to do something,  what do they do? They go through  a long, drawn-out farce in the judicial system, hoping that they can just ride it out till the furor subsides and everyone has forgotten about it; then they can just  move on, life as usual.  Of course there are those who don't forget, who keep the case alive and in the public eye,  and in those cases what do they do? Read this article:

Ex-S.C. Cop Who Hurled Black Student Over Desk Won’t Face Criminal Charges

A report released on Friday noted that the officer’s behavior looked “worse in the video than it did in the classroom.

The South Carolina police officer who was fired for violently dragging a young black girl across a classroom over use of a cell phone will not face criminal charges.
The New York Daily News reports that Richland County Solicitor Dan Johnson said in a 12-page court report Friday that he found no probable cause to charge the school resource officer in the dragging incident that sparked national outrage.
The report also notes that a witness statement saying the violent altercation between former Richland County police officer Ben Fields and a Spring Valley high school student “looked worse in the video than it did in the classroom.”

To the rest of us, the October video clearly shows that after the student refused to surrender her phone, Fields assaulted her. He wrapped his forearm around her neck, then flipped her and her desk backwards before dragging her along the classroom floor while keeping her in a tight headlock. Fields then cuffed the student as her classmates cried in horror.
Many across the country were besides themselves in anger, especially in light of another incident caught on video showing an officer throwing a young black girl in a swimsuit thrown down to the ground in Texas, more evidence of the violence that young people of color—girls, too—are regularly subjected to (that officer did not face charges either.)
Fields had no regrets about his actions, according to his statement in the report.
“I realized that I was going to have to physically remove the student from her seat to effectuate her arrest,” he said, adding that the desk only flipped over because the student locked her legs inside it.
Fields’ supervisor, Sheriff Leon Lott —said he wanted to “throw up” upon seeing the video —and fired Fields immediately.
Yet Johnson said Lott’s actions were hasty and may have hampered the case against Fields.
“These administrative actions, taken prior to the completion of the investigation, have been injurious to the prosecution of the case,” Johnson said in the report (which leads one to believe that if the Sheriff didn’t take that action, Fields would still have a job in addition to no criminal charges.)
To add insult to injury, the girl who recorded the video, Niya Kenny, was also arrested after questioning Fields’ conduct.
Kenny and the student who was assaulted were charged with “disturbing schools” charges, which parents protested at the time.
Johnson noted that the charges against both students would be dropped as well.

Wednesday, August 31

Too Crazy To Kill? What the .........?

Now, I can understand too crazy to stand trial; he has to be able to understand what he is  facing  and what his  rights are.  Once he stood trial though, and was convicted and sentenced to death, how could he be too crazy to be executed? He already knows what's going to happen from when they were in the courtroom, so what else is there he has to know or be able to understand? I don't agree with the death penalty personally, but it's here, people are sentenced to it, and eventually it is done;  go on and do it, get it over with already!

 23 years he's been costing we the taxpayers money, and now you want to say he can't be executed??

Texas Death Row Inmate May Have Faked Mental Illness
by Veronica Graves  August 31, 2016

Gerald Edridge may have faked a mental illness to avoid execution.

Gerald Eldridge, death row inmate

Gerald Eldridge, 52, may have faked having an illness to avoid execution after fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend Cynthia Bogany and her daughter in Houston 23 years ago, the Associated Press reports
Eldridge was convicted in 1993, and in 2009, when he was less than two hours away from being executed by lethal injection, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal stopped the execution because Eldridge's lawyers claimed that he was too mentally ill for the punishment. Rosenthal decided that the claim needed to be further examined. 
However, in a 2013 hearing, it was determined that while Eldridge showed signs of mental illness, there was inconsistency in the extensive evidence claiming that he was incompetent because of that mental illness, raising the possibility that he had faked symptoms.
On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling and moves Eldridge a step closer to execution.
According to AP, Eldridge’s lawyer, Lee Wilson, has filed a request for a rehearing before the appeals court and will continue to appeal the case.
“Mr. Eldridge is schizophrenic,” he said.
In addition to killing Bogany and her daughter, Eldridge was found guilty of shooting and wounding his son with Bogany, Tyrell, and Bogany’s boyfriend at the time, Wayne Dotson.

Tuesday, August 23

Wonder If They're Embarrassed Because They Couldn't Tell the Difference Between A 10 Year Old Boy and A Grown Man?

And now the whole nation knows  that not only could they not tell the difference between a man and a child,  but they upset that child so traumatically that if the mother sticks to her plan of taking him to the doctor, the child will be in counseling for who knows how long!

One thing really gets me. Here's a statement made in response to the little boy's comment that they were trying to shoot him:
"Newark police acknowledged that officers had their guns drawn, but denied they pointed them at Legend while in the alley."
Now tell me if I'm wrong, but if you are chasing someone into an alley, someone who has allegedly committed a crime while armed (" mistook him for a suspect in an armed robbery") are you really going to run into the alley and then just drop your arms and stand there  and stare at him? I dont' think so!

Newark, NJ, Police Chased 10-Year-Old Boy With Guns Drawn in Mistaken-Identity Case

A Newark, N.J., 10-year-old was left in tears after he was chased down an alley by officers who had their guns drawn after they allegedly mistook him for a suspect in an armed robbery, WABC reports.
“Some police started coming this way with guns pointed at me, and then I ran into the backyard,” Legend Preston, a shy fifth-grader who loves math, told the news station.
10 yr old Legend Preston
chased by police with drawn guns.
According to the report, Legend was playing basketball shortly before the incident when the ball rolled into the street. The 10-year-old dashed after the ball only to find himself being chased by the officers. Legend told the news station that he thought the cops were chasing him because he ran into the street without looking.
“I ran because they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose, and they were just holding shotguns at me trying to shoot me,” he said.
Newark police acknowledged that officers had their guns drawn, but denied they pointed them at Legend while in the alley.
Witnesses at the scene intervened, according to the report, telling the cops that their “suspect” was only a child.
“‘Why are y’all chasing him? Y’all got guns out here drawn, y’all chasing him, he’s only a kid.’ I’m like, ‘That’s messed up,’” one witness, Jackie Kelly, said.
Legend’s mom, Patisha Preston, was in the house when the incident unfolded, and is all too aware that her son’s interaction with police could have ended differently. Patisha Preston uploaded a video to her Facebook page showing the distraught 10-year-old in tears after the terrifying encounter, which occurred earlier this month.
“My son is in counselling [sic] even scared to go play because it happened right at our house.. You despicable cops have no care for our childten [sic].. My fun loving child is forever changed!!!,” she wrote, in part, under the video.

Friday, August 19

And So Many Don't Understand Why 'Black Lives Matter'.....

     Personally, I can't see why they won't understand/admit exactly what that phrase means, and even more, admit why it is so  timely. Anyone with a set of eyes and common sense can see  that there is a problem in this country when it comes to the disparity between the value of  white lives and the value of black ones... his daughter stated that "It sort of says that we don’t matter because we don’t have the badge backing us,and They matter more than we do. It’s more important for them to go home to their families instead of the people they come in contact with to return to their families as well.


The Video LAPD Never Wanted to See Released

Unfortunately for the LAPD, some folks didn't get  the memo...

ProPublica Releases Video Showing in-Custody Death of Vachel Howard 

ProPublica has released the video of the in-custody death of Vachel Howard that, it says, the Los Angeles Police Department didn’t want released.
Howard died June 4, 2012, while in the custody of the LAPD’s 77th Street Station jail. The 56-year-old grandfather of seven had been taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and had been strip-searched.
Howard told officers that he was schizophrenic, and officers suspected that he was under the influence of cocaine. However, hours later, Howard was pronounced dead.
According to police, Howard had become “violent and combative,” and about half a dozen officers moved in to subdue him. The coroner attributed his death to cocaine intoxication, heart disease and the choke hold that one of the officers employed.
The footage from the jail had never been made available to the public. According to ProPublica, when the organization requested the footage, the clerk of the judge in the case said that he was not sure if the judge still had it and that it was not in the judge’s practice to make “such material available to the news media.”
Similarly, the Police Department declined a request for footage, and the city attorney’s office said it didn’t have it.
ProPublica managed to obtain the copies of the tapes nonetheless, saying that it was publishing them “in the interest of establishing a more complete public record of a controversial and costly death.”
The video shows Howard, visibly agitated, sitting on a bench in a station. Shortly afterward, an altercation ensues, and officers are seen deploying a Taser to use on the 56-year-old while tackling him to the ground. Six officers can be seen surrounding Howard for about four minutes, handcuffing his hands and feet. One officer is directly on top of him with a knee in his back, and another can be seen briefly with his arm around Howard’s neck and shoulders.

As Howard lies motionless on the ground after the scuffle, officers can be seen laughing. According to ProPublica, almost four minutes went by with Howard lying still on the ground before resuscitation efforts began.
Some four people performed CPR on Howard for over nine minutes before emergency medical personnel arrived and continued the efforts for another eight minutes before Howard was transported away.
“Mr. Howard posed no threat whatsoever,” V. James DeSimone, the lawyer for Howard’s daughter, Tushana Howard, told ProPublica. “He was down on the ground, six officers on top of him, no guns in the nearby vicinity, executing a choke hold where there was no threat to the officers or to anybody else. It’s out of policy, it’s unlawful and in this case it’s murder.”
Howard Vachel; grandfather of 7,
victim of in-custody death
The family had sued the city in a wrongful death claim, which was settled in October 2015 for $2.85 million. However, neither the LAPD nor the city attorney’s office acknowledged wrongdoing as part of the settlement.  The officer that used the choke hold, Juan Romero, was suspended after the incident for a mere 22 days. A criminal case against him was never pursued. Police, defending the use of force, claimed that Howard tried to bite Romero. Howard’s family had issues with how the case was handled, as well as with the lack of transparency in the case. 

Saturday, August 13

The 'Grim Sleeper' is Sentenced To Death For String of Murders

     Well , well, well, I cannot believe that we have finally had a case like this... at least we've finally been told about  the existence of a case like this. Not only a black killer, not only a black serial killer, but a prolific black serial killer of some longevity! One who eluded being identified for quite a few years, and in my opinion, if it were not for the discovery of DNA and the ability of labs to pinpoint with such accuracy who it belongs to, Lonnie Walker might have never been caught Seems like as long as it was us targeting us the police displayed indifference to the case; they didn't see any point in telling the public that it was happening, although in many cases it's the public who supplies the clues which can lead to the arrest.  (Look at John Walsh.)
Lonnie David Walker Jr.
The Grim Sleeper
August 10, 2016 by
Marisa Gerber and James Queally
A man approached Laura Moore at a bus stop in the spring of 1984 and offered a warning: You shouldn’t be out here alone.
“Bad guys will pick you up,” he told her. “Let me take you where you have to go.”
Moore, then 21, agreed, reluctantly. As the man drove off, he told her to put on her seat belt. When she refused, she said, he reached under his seat, grabbed a gun and shot her six times. Wounded, she managed to escape, but turned back to study his face. That man, Moore said, was Lonnie David Franklin Jr., now better-known as the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer.
She recounted the story in court Wednesday at a hearing where Franklin was sentenced to death, capping a lengthy legal saga that centered on the gruesome killings of more than a dozen women in South L.A.
“This is not a sentence of vengeance,” Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Franklin as relatives of his victims looked on, some of them in tears. “It’s justice.”
Franklin, 63, was convicted earlier this year of killing nine women and a teenage girl from 1985 to 2007. During the penalty phase of his trial, prosecutors connected him to several additional slayings. Detectives believe he may have killed at least 25 women.
The judge read the names of the 10 victims Franklin was found guilty of killing. In each case, Kennedy told him, “You shall suffer the death penalty.”
As she spoke, some of the victims’ relatives cried, others sighed. One man repeated: “Amen, amen, amen.”
The sentence came toward the end of an emotional hearing where more than a dozen family members and friends of victims read statements, many of them repeatedly asking why Franklin chose to attack members of his own community.
“The defendant took my daughter, murdered her, put her in a plastic bag — a trash bag — like she was trash,” Laverne Peters, whose 25-year-old daughter was found in a garbage bin in 2007, told the court before Franklin was sentenced. “My hope is that he spends the rest of his glory days in his jail cell, which will become his trash bag.”
“Amen,” other family members in the audience said.
Five of the jurors who convicted Franklin attended, occasionally nodding. Before the hearing, one of the victim’s sisters thanked a juror and said, “God bless you.” The juror winked at her.
During the hearing, a woman spoke of losing her best friend, but said she still hears her voice in dreams. A victim’s uncle said he remembered how loudly she used to cry when he babysat her as a child — a reminder, he said, of how she did everything in her life passionately. At one point, the nephew of Henrietta Wright, whose body was found under a mattress in an alleyway in 1986, addressed Franklin directly, saying, “You’re a cold-hearted dude.” Franklin nodded slightly.
When Moore, the surviving victim, addressed Franklin, her body began to shake.
“Why, why, why?” she asked. “Really, why?”
Moore wasn’t listed in the criminal complaint against Franklin, but Los Angeles police Det. Daryn Dupree — the last remaining detective who worked on the task force that investigated the Grim Sleeper killings — said he is “very confident” that she is one of his victims.
Franklin sat stoically as Kennedy sentenced him — just as he had throughout the trial. But earlier in the morning, he did react to statements delivered by some of the victims’ relatives. 
Mary Alexander, whose 18-year-old daughter was murdered, spoke directly to Franklin.
“I’d like for Mr. Franklin to turn around and face me,” she said.
Franklin turned his head slowly, locking eyes with Alexander.
“I’d like to know, why?” Alexander asked, gripping the lectern.
Franklin whispered something in response.
She repeated her question, louder: “Why?”
Again, he whispered. (Dupree told reporters after the hearing that he saw Franklin mutter, “I didn’t do it.”)
“I know she didn’t do anything to hurt you,” Alexander told Franklin, “I know that.”
Franklin’s face softened and he nodded.
Alexander told Franklin that she had thought a lot about forgiveness but said she was finding the concept extremely difficult.
“I’m still battling that,” Alexander said.
Franklin nodded once more and turned back toward the judge.
When another victim’s sister told Franklin that she recognized him, he got angry, shouting, “That’s a bald-faced lie.”
In imposing the sentence, Kennedy said she had struggled throughout the case to understand what motivated Franklin.
“It doesn’t matter why,” she said. “There could never be a justification for what you have done.”
The killer, one of California’s most prolific, targeted victims who were generally young, vulnerable and, at times, ignored. The attacks failed to raise alarms the way other famous serial slayings by killers such as the “Hillside Strangler” or the “Night Stalker” did.
The deaths in the mid- to late ’80s coincided with a surge in slayings linked to the crack cocaine epidemic. In addition, several other serial killers were operating in the same area in those years. Michael Hughes was convicted of killing seven women; Chester Turner of 14 women and a fetus. Both are on California's death row.
But the Grim Sleeper proved to be the most persistent. He targeted women who were drug addicts or prostitutes and often dumped their naked bodies alongside roads or in the trash. Many of the women were initially listed as Jane Does. The deaths drew little, if any, media attention.
Police kept the slayings quiet despite suspicions that a serial killer was stalking black women — a decision that led to outrage and condemnation from many who attribute Franklin's longevity as a killer to police indifference.
Authorities were able to link the slayings through ballistic and genetic evidence at the crime scenes that pointed to a single killer. But identifying the DNA proved difficult.
A break finally came in the case in 2010, when a search of state offender records turned up a partial match. The person wasn’t the suspected serial killer, but a close relative was.
Before long, investigators focused on the convict’s father, Franklin. After tailing him to a pizza joint in Buena Park during the summer of 2010, police collected a slice of partially eaten pizza. They tested it for DNA and, finally, had a match.
A search of Franklin’s home on 81st Street — not far from the South L.A. corridor where many of the victims’ bodies were found — turned up a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Two  criminalists  testified at trial that it was the same weapon that killed one of the victims.
Franklin’s attorney, Seymour Amster, told jurors that DNA from other men was found at some crime scenes — a sign, he said, that someone else could have played a role in the slayings.
In May, a jury convicted Franklin of 10 counts of murder. His victims, in order of death, were: Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 35; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks, 25; Mary Lowe, 26; Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia Alexander, 18; Princess Berthomieux,15; Valerie McCorvey, 35; and Janecia Peters, 25.
Most of the women were shot to death. Berthomieux was strangled.
Franklin was also convicted of attempted murder in connection with an attack on Enietra Washington, who survived and testified against him.
“You’re truly a piece of evil,” Washington told Franklin Wednesday. “You’re a Satan representative… You’re right up there with Manson.”
After the initial conviction, prosecutors presented more evidence against Franklin during the penalty phase of the trial. A woman testified that Franklin, as a U.S. Army private stationed abroad, was one of three assailants who gang-raped her in Germany in 1974.Franklin initially earned the “Grim Sleeper” nickname because a gap in the killings between 1988 and 2002 suggested he had gone dormant. But detectives believe Franklin never really “slept.” 

Thursday, August 4

I Don't Know Whether To Cheer Or Cry...

     Browsing through the headlines and short blurbs of stories I came across a story which made me feel like maybe, just maybe, there is a shot at stopping this road we're (the country, this society) going down. That perhaps someone is listening  and realizes that we need some healing; that we need  some reactions to some actions to occur that will give people a glimmer of hope of the world  getting better. This is the story:

Va. Officer Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Shooting Death of 18-Year-Old William Chapman

On Thursday, a jury convicted the now-former Portsmouth, Va., Police Officer Stephen Rankin of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old William Chapman.

Stephen   Rankin                         William Chapman III
A Virginia jury found a white former police officer guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black teen who was accused of shoplifting, ABC News reports.

Former Portsmouth, Va. Police Officer Stephen Rankin, who was fired from the police force as he awaited trial, fatally shot 18-year-old William Chapman II in the face and chest outside a Wal-Mart after a security guard accused the teen of shoplifting. Rankin claimed that Chapman had resisted arrest. There was no video recording of the shooting, and testimony conflicted on the details, ABC reports.Prosecutors had argued that Rankin could have used non-deadly force, underlining that every witness, with the exception of Rankin himself, had testified that the teen had his hands up.However, Rankin’s defense claimed that the then-police officer had had to shoot after a stun gun failed to stop Chapman.ABC reports that the jurors—eight black and four white—began their deliberations Tuesday. Rankin, The Guardian reports, had been charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony, however, the judge had given jurors the option to convict on lesser charges.According to The Guardian, Chapman’s mother, Sallie, cried as the verdict was read. Rankin claimed that he had walked up to Chapman to discuss the shoplifting accusation and was preparing to handcuff him when the teen refused to obey orders and started to struggle. Rankin said he used his stun gun, but that Chapman knocked it away.Rankin acknowledged that he drew his weapon and ordered Chapman to “get to the ground.” He claimed that the teen started screaming, “Shoot me,” before charging him from about 6 feet away, ABC reports. Rankin said he experienced “tunnel vision” and, fearing for his life, fired his weapon twice.“I had no reason to think he was going to stop attacking me,” Rankin said. “I was scared.”Some witnesses did back up Rankin’s story, saying that it looked as if Chapman “went after the officer with throwing fists, and it looked like he knocked a Taser out of the officer’s hands.”However, others testified that Chapman never charged the officer.Regardless, prosecutor Stephanie Morales said Rankin could have used nonlethal force to subdue the teen.      Posted by Breanna Edwards - August 4, 2016                         

And then on the heels of that joy comes this story. Warning: The violence in the video is upsetting enough, but the cries of Earledreka White after he drags her out of camera view are full of such utter pain and anguish, it brought tears to my eyes.
Video Shows Houston Officer Attack Woman at Traffic Stop Who Called 911 Because She Feared Him
Newly released video footage may support the story of a black woman in Houston who called 911 because she was afraid of the officer who pulled her over.
 In March a black woman by the name of Earledreka White was pulled over by a Houston police officer for crossing the double white line. Soon afterward she called 911 because she was afraid of the cop. She said to the dispatcher, “I would like another officer to come out here. My heart is racing. I’m really afraid,” according to Raw Story.
White, 28, ended up being charged with resisting arrest and was jailed for two days. She reportedly feared for her life there, concerned that she might end up like Sandra Bland, who mysteriously died in Texas a few days after she was arrested for a routine traffic stop.
Raw Story reports that after an investigation in April, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County concluded that the officer had done nothing wrong, despite White’s claims of harassment and that he threatened to use a Taser on her.
Now, however, a newly released surveillance video could back up her case. The footage shows White on the phone with a dispatcher, with the officer in front of her, until the situation escalates and the cop begins to grab for her and get aggressive.
“This is obviously a police officer who needs some training on how to de-escalate a situation, and I would think it would be especially important in today’s climate,” said Houston NAACP President James Douglas.
White’s attorney, Zack Feriettea, thinks that charges against his client should be dropped, saying, “I’m as pro law enforcement as they come, but that’s not good police conduct.
“You can’t escalate a situation and then claim someone is ‘resisting arrest.’ That’s ridiculous,” Feriettea added.

Wednesday, July 27

Is This the Lesson Young Children Should Be Learning?

It used to be, children were taught that the man in the blue uniform was our friend; if you were ever in trouble, he was the one you should go to. You should always do what he said, and you should never lie or even hold back in the information you give him. Wow....

Now, if we teach children anything where the cops are concerned it's probably lessons in how to avoid ever getting stopped in the first place, and how to position the dash cam  to catch everything!

Is this the lesson all children are  being taught though? I don't think so , unfortunately I think some children are learning a lesson that will cause more separatism and elitism than anything else. Once again, it's not a racial divide for the most part, although it can be seen as a color divide. The colors aren't the expected black vs white though, the colors are blue vs all the colors of the rainbow.  In my opinion,  the belief and fear of being hurt or killed when you're doing anything 'while being black' is unfortunately a valid one. Blacks are just the most visible target, that 'thin blue line' stands against every other race when you come down to it.

What lesson are children getting from all this? I think the children of police officers are getting a  lesson which may, through no fault of their own, get them hurt or  even killed. They're going to grow up believing that they are superior to everyone else because their parent is in law enforcement. They will also feel invincible, that whatever they do is okay because they won't be punished. (Look at what's happened in the Freddie Gray case!)

Even worse, what about the lessons they will learn about what happens to the people who try to put a chink in that wall? The ones who seek justice for the injured and dead? The 'whistle-blowers'?  A couple hundred years ago , people were afraid to tell on others because they knew what would happen to them. (lynchings, burnings,  assaults) It will become that way again, if we continue down the path we're on. Here's a story I"ve been following:

Man Who Filmed Eric Garner’s Death Sues NYC for $10,000,000

Ramsey Orta, the New York City man who filmed Eric Garner’s death, recently accepted a plea deal on weapons and drug charges and is likely to spend the next four years in prison.
Now, the New York Post reports, Orta is suing the city for $10 million. He says that he was arrested on trumped-up charges in retaliation for recording the controversial arrest that sparked protests. 
“Despite the murder of Eric Garner by the NYPD, Ramsey Orta, who filmed the incident, is the only person present at the incident who is going to prison because the NYPD engaged in smear tactics, in cooperation with the news media, and prepared a tactical plan to set him up for retaliatory arrests,” the lawsuit reads.
Earlier this month, Orta pleaded guilty to charges of peddling heroin in 2015 and hiding a firearm in a woman’s pants in 2014. He is expected to be sentenced to four years in prison in October, the Post notes.
The spokesperson for the city’s Law Department told the Post that it will review all the accusations.

Sunday, July 24

And This Is the Way They "Protect and Serve"....

Here's how they "protect and serve" those they want to retaliate against for exposing the truth to the world,  for showing what  some police officers are really like behind that uniform/mask they wear.

Man Who Videotaped Alton Sterling’s Death Not Allowed Back to Work

Chris LeDay
Christopher DeLay {sic} was arrested on his job less than 24 hours after he posted the distressing video of Sterling’s death online, and was told he could not return to his work site after being jailed.
The man who videotaped the chilling death of Alton Sterling has effectively been given the ax, and, according to his lawyer, it’s because he posted Alton Sterling’s death on social media.
According to WSB-TV, Christopher LeDay was arrested less than 24 hours after he posted video of Alton Sterling being shot and killed by Baton Rouge police officers. Police came to his job at Dobbins Air Force Base in and put the cuffs on him for alleged assault and battery.
LeDay’s lawyer says that he was taken in on false charges.
“He never had a warrant for an assault,” lawyer Tiffany Simmons told the station. “My client has never had any criminal history.”
She adds, “They never showed a warrant for an assault to my client, in fact my client was held in DeKalb County Jail for at least 26 hours and they never produced a warrant.”
Simons told WSB that when police could not produce a warrant, she was then told her client was being held for unresolved traffic tickets.
After paying those tickets and trying to return to work, LeDay’s lawyer says he was turned away at the gate of the base for “security clearance issues.”
Yet, LeDay, who was just hired about six weeks ago, said his supervisor knew about the traffic tickets when he was hired.
“He should not be penalized or possibly retaliated against, he should not be embarrassed at his place of employment for doing what is right,” Simmons said.

Originally posted by:  Angela Bonner Helm on July 24, 2016

Saturday, July 23

And Now From Austin, Texas...

We learn about the "violent tendencies" elementary school teachers have.

Video Shows Texas Police Throwing Black Schoolteacher to the Ground Twice
Orig.posted by:  BREANNA EDWARDS
Officers in Austin, Texas, are facing an investigation after the violent arrest last year of Breaion King, a black elementary school teacher, during which one cop can be heard saying that blacks have “violent tendencies.”  (This is only the video which shows the arrest. Evidently there were two videos, she was not having a conversation with anyone during this one.)
Video footage shows schoolteacher Breaion King as she is 
apprehended by Austin, Texas, police during a traffic stop June 15, 2015.

ficials in Austin, Texas, are investigating the violent arrest last year of a black elementary school teacher who was slammed to the ground twice during a traffic stop,the Austin American-Statesman reports.
Also under investigation are comments apparently made by an officer who can be heard on video telling the teacher, Breaion King, that black people have “violent tendencies.”
The incident unfolded in June 2015. Video obtained by the American-Statesman shows how quickly the traffic stop escalated.
A police cruiser pulled up next to King’s car as she was exiting the vehicle. A police officer, Bryan Richter, can be heard ordering the 26-year-old to get back in her car and close her car door.
Richter accused King of only having stopped her car to park because she realized that he was after her.
“You were about to go inside without a wallet, so I know you were only coming over here because you knew I was going to pull you over,” Richter says. “I can absolutely stop you if you’ve already parked, yes.”
Richter asks King to put her feet back in the car so he can close the door. When King asks the officer to hurry up, that’s when things seem to go awry.
Richter can be seen struggling with King in her car, attempting to drag her out of the vehicle.
“No, why are you touching me?” King can be heard screaming. “Oh, my God! Oh, my God!”
“Stop resisting!” Richter yells. “Get out of the car!”
Richter is seen dragging King out of the car and tossing her to the pavement once, screaming at her to put her hands behind her back. As he then wrestles her hands behind her back, he can be heard saying that he was “about to Tase” King.
King struggles to her feet, but Richter is seen on the video kicking her legs out from under her, before picking her up and slamming her to the ground again. He had finished handcuffing her as another officer arrives on the scene.
Richter wrote in a report of the incident that he acted because King demonstrated an “uncooperative attitude” and was “reaching for the front passenger side of the vehicle.” He said that he did not know if she had a weapon and that King resisted by pulling away from him and wrapping her arms around the steering wheel.
King originally was charged with resisting arrest, but prosecutors dismissed the case after seeing the footage, the American-Statesman notes.
Separate footage details a conversation between King and another white officer, Patrick Spradlin, who says that blacks have “violent tendencies.”
“Why are so many people afraid of black people?” Spradlin asks King.
“That’s what I want to figure out because I’m not a bad black person,” King says.
“I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way: violent tendencies,” Spradlin says.
When King asks him if he thinks racism still exists, Spradlin responds, “Let me ask you this. Do you believe it goes both ways?”
“Ninety-nine percent of the time when you hear about stuff like that, it is the black community that is being violent,” Spradlin continues. “That’s why a lot of the white people are afraid, and I don’t blame them. There are some guys I look at, and I know it is my job to deal with them, and I know it might go ugly, but that’s the way it goes. But yeah, some of them, because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating.”
According to the American-Statesman, the Police Department disciplined Richter—with counseling and additional training—after supervisors looked into his use of force. However, internal affairs never formally investigated the incident. Spradlin was not disciplined for his comments because the department was unaware of his remarks until the newspaper began asking about them, the American-Statesman reports.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told the American-Statesman in an interview this week that the department has since opened an administrative review into how Richter’s supervisors evaluated his conduct, as well as a separate criminal investigation. Spradlin’s comments are also being investigated.
“After reviewing both videos, I and our leadership team were highly disturbed and disappointed in both the way Ms. King was approached and handled and in the mindset that we saw on display in those videos,” Acevedo said. “But there is another piece, which has caused concerns as to our review process and the systems we have in place.”
Acevedo expressed regret that he did not know about the situation sooner, but said that he would be taking steps to ensure that citizens learn how to respond when they feel that they have been mistreated by cops.
“We need to help our community overcome the fear or reluctance, which I understand, to file a complaint,” he said. “This is critical if we are to weed out bad officers and bad behavior.”
King, for her part, remains disturbed by her experience a year after the fact.
“I’ve become fearful to live my life,” she said. “I would rather stay home. I’ve become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”